Great trip, fabulous guide (Tom H. - you were a total delight!) who kept us well entertained with England's history. The walking was not all that strenuous but the few times I walked on cobbles I found them to beat up on the bottom of my feet (I wore Clarks Un Cruise Lace). We had a nice group of folks from all over the US. We stayed in a centrally located hotel (great location) with air conditioning and an amazing daily breakfast feast. I eat gluten-free and avoid tomatoes but had no problems. There were lots of good neighborhood restaurants & pubs (lovely cider) and it was easy walking/tubing to theaters and shops. Saw a lot, learned a lot, and had a lot of fun. Enjoyed chatting with locals just about everywhere we went. Stumbled onto a little neighborhood festival and bought a jar of honey made by bees living & foraging in SW12 London. Took £200 with me, came back with £80+; used credit cards just about everywhere. Brought my own ear buds to wear with the Whisper since most ear buds don't work for me.
Flew in and out of Gatwick. Bought tickets for St Pancras International train (about £9.50) at the south airport terminal train station for London, rode down one floor, several minutes later got on the north bound train and about 30 minutes later got off at the St. Pancras station in London which was within walking distance to the hotel. For the 6am return trip to Gatwich, we hired a private car, cost with tip £60 for two people.